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Watership Brown - Red Hare Brewing Company

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Red Hare Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 11-25-2011

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in sc on vaca poured into a river city cafe cup (all i had)This is not a bad brown ale smells of chocolate and malt Taste of chocolates but has a huge baking cocoa powder aftertaste not the best but very drinkable (222 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a brown beer with a light tan head. Hoppy smell and a malty taste. Possibly due to the chill of the beer, I do not notice the alcohol in this beer, so, when chilled, it can be dangerous! (207 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint mug at the Marietta Pizza Company.
Aroma- Has a nice hop/malt and bread aroma
Appearance- This is an amber colored brew with a off-white head.
Taste- A nice malt flavored beer with a nice hop finish, the large alcohol content is noticeable (in a good way)
Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with light carbonation and a creamy to oily texture.
Overall- First Red Hare product, better than average and worth having again. (454 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy brown with a lingering one-finger head
S: Bread, toasted wheat and caramel
T: Matches the nose. Very malty and a fair amount of sweetness from the malt/caramel notes
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet
O: The nose is the best part. This would be pretty good except for my palate the sweetness is out of balance (347 characters)

Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass mug. Canned on 04/25/14 on bottom of can. Received from good friend Erinn on a recent trip through Charlottesville -- thanks bud.

A: Oddly not really brown but more os a darker amber with nice 1-finger off-white head with average retention and an abbreviated collar of lacing around the top of the pour.

S: Despite its amber appearance, the roastiness and chocolate notes of a brown ale are in there coupled with a pretty stout hops presence, mainly earthy, herbal, and light orange citrus notes. The malt backbone is bready with a chocolate rye toast crust aroma. No real yeast aromas.

T: I like the flavor of this beer although the alcohol is a bit too obvious. The malt is the main performer, bringing more of that dark toast/bread crust flavor which is moved by the chocolate and light roasted notes. THe hops then create an interesting herbal and orange/grapefruit citrus counterbalance in the finish. Mild-to-moderate bitterness and a hint of alcohol burn on the way down.

M: I like the mouthfeel of this beer -- it is creamy and layering without seeming heavy or cloying and it finishes pretty dry for the heft. The body is medium as is the carbonation.

O: Red Hare Watership Brown is a pretty good American brown ale but I think it would be even better if the alcohol were ramped down about 1.5-2% with a nice high mash temp to keep the same dextrinous feel. (1,414 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Visited the brewery for a Penn State-Atlanta membership event. All beers were available on tap.

Favorite style, and had this one first. Poured a brownish amber with a tan head of average retention.
Aroma: Had some bready scents and a little caramel and chocolate..
Taste: Had some roasted malts that start mildly sweet but finishes dry. I do pick up some of the higher than normal 7.25 ABV. Which for me is not a plus.
I liked this beer, crisp, creamy, sweet up front but a dry and bitter ending..

Serving type: on-tap (521 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And the "Red Hare" attitude is alive and well in their Watership Brown ale that carries a dedicated amber-red hue rather than the typical brown that's expected from the style. So, what else does this dark ale have in store....?

Bright bread crust, light chocolate and toffee greet the olfactories and early palate as its casual sweetness grips the taste buds as well as the nose. With a faint character of tree bark, nutty notes and caramel, the beer's first impressions are both soothing and robust.

As the flavors settle in, the middle saturates with seared molasses, medium toast, pecan, chocolate, kilned barley and a subtle rise of hops. With no real fruit character, the taste becomes decidedly "American" as the ale delves into finish.

Robust in texture, the toasted creaminess of the dark ale casually casts away its sweetness and carbonated creaminess; in favor of drier, toastier and a sharply bitter finish that's partly broad and spicy but is also acute and grapefruity. its dryness seems to elevate its apparent alcohols and facilitates its dryish tone.

Its surprising crimson hue is a shade shy of brown as the beer may become more famely known as a savory red ale as much as any brown. Simmering with a swirling sheet the beer continues to captivate the eye as much as the spirit. (1,299 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Feeling oppressed? Is your warren under dire distress? Don't let the man get you down. As you search for your new grassy knoll, this American Brown Ale will help soothe your soul with it's rich chocolatey malt notes and slight hop character. Perfect for the long journey ahead. Grab your doe and go!" Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale. This was Red Hare's third year round release, and the third beer in their canning lineup. Available in 6 pack cans, Splitting Hares Variety Pack and on local draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a buttercream frothy foam head over a very hazy medium golden-brown body. Carbonation is moderate and retention is very good. Lacing is light and curtained. 4

(Smell) Aromas of buttery caramel malts, mild roasty biscuit malt with a tempered grain edge, herbal, spicy and floral hops, dark fruit profiles like dates and figs amongst a semi-sweet nutty profile. Secondary aromas of chocolate malt and toffee contribute to big body and enhanced sweetness. Aromatically this is a very aromatic and curious Brown Ale with a lot of character in the malt and yeast profile. Potency is medium high. 4

(Taste) Soft roasted malts, light biscuit and caramel malt with a subtle sweetness. Finishes with an herbal, peppery hop note and a mellow buttery grain dryness. The flavor is much lighter and less varied than the aroma predicted. Sweetness is far reserved and the body is thinner than in the aroma, although by Brown Ale standards it's par for the course. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick, smooth, thin with a chalky dryness. Carbonation adds some crispness and creaminess but seemingly can't decide on a direction to take the beer in. Body is medium for an American Brown Ale, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is medium+, a bit harsh around the edges without enough substance and body to hide behind. Balance is slightly in favor of bitter with a subdued sweetness. 3.5

(Overall) What was anticipated as an impressive Brown Ale prior to the first sip turned out to be a fairly average beer. A fairly bitter and earthy malt and hop profile keeps balance slightly out-of-favor from sweeter Brown Ales. Like most of Red Hare's catalogue, Brown Ale has high drinkability going for it, and aside from some glaring flavor and texture imperfections, it's still a decent Georgia option. 3.5

Red Hare Brewing Company's
Watership Brown Ale
3.51/5.00 (2,440 characters)

Photo of serotoninronin
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Pours a really pretty hazy dark honey, with shades of red. Lots of carbon activity. Nice little pinky of a head, with a rich buttercream color. Fades as the glass goes but never disappears entirely. A couple pretty, but sporadic, lace deposits which are remarkably symmetrical.

S: A few intriguing notes here, like browned butter and dark grainy bread. Decent sweet milk chocolatey malt. Other than that, not a whole lot going on, really. Boozy in a way that a brown ale probably shouldn't be.

T: This is kind of all over the place. Right up front there are some nice suggestions of pecan pie filling and a pretzel dough, and some lingering dusty attic leather wisps on the back end. In between though, it's a real mess, frankly. The hop presence is way off the reservation for a brown ale, and it makes the whole affair super angular and schizophrenic. Some of the components aren't bad in themselves, but this is a clear case of the left hand not knowing what the right one is doing.

M: Good creaminess and a pleasant level of carbonation, which has a presence but only advances the smoothness of the beer. Unfortunately, the missteps in the flavor profile make it feel oily and astringent.

O: I know that Red Hare can and has done better than this, and it would be cool to see a really solid brown in their lineup. It isn't irredeemable, specifically if the hops were way way toned down and there was a more defined structure. (1,491 characters)

Photo of SingularWalker
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer pours a nice medium brown color with a good inch and a half head. good lacing and nice retention.
a good balance of sweet maltiness and some hop flavor come through when sipped. definate chocolate taste also. this is an easy drinking suprisingly tasty example of brown ale. sessionable and well worth checking out if you can find it. bonus points for being canned and therefore able to be taken to a beach, river, or park. (433 characters)

Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has really nice balance and complexity. Sweet and malty without being cloying, with a nice firm sour hoppiness. I love a good IPA and don't favor beers that lack a hops backbone. This brew definitely stands up. Great flavors of cocoa and butter in addition to the sour citrus of the hops. A really nice complex brew that packs a punch without too much of an alcohol overtaste. (386 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can stamped on bottom with "canned on 06/22/13" served in a pint,

Pours clear, dark brown with a full dark tan head. Good retention and nice creamy feel.

Enough spicy hops to add complexity and balance the sweetness from the malts. Light nutty too.
Easy drinking and in a can but plenty of flavor. Indeed, bold for style.
Recommended. (342 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown pour with a small cap of bubbly head. Simple aroma of sweet malts, a little oxidation. Malty taste, roasty and sweet, caramel, toasted bread, little apple-y in the finish, mild earthy hops; pretty basic, pretty typical brown ale. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, drinkable, decent overall. (300 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> Highlands Brewing Company snifter

Brown ales are sort of like free throws in basketball. They count for a point but they never make the highlight reel. This one is pretty good even though compared to other styles it is just an also ran.

A - Pours up the color of bourbon whiskey with a nice foamy one finger head which recedes to nothing, but leaves behind lots of lacing.

S - a faint fresh smell, very faint, sort of indistinguishable.

T - malt forward with roasted flavors, caramel and brown sugar. Finishes with a mild smoky bitterness,

M - very nice with decent carbonation and a clean aftertaste.

O - a winner for this style. (655 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 150th review! I'll always remember you, watership brown... .

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a deep, golden amber with a fine 1/4" creamy head. Very attractive.

Smell 3.0: Nice bouquet. Malt, brown sugar...but I also detect a hop I do not care for. Slight bleu cheese bouquet mixed with a rotten lemoniness. Yeah. I do not like that hop.

Taste 3.75: Front is where some very pleasant maltiness seeps in. Middle is smooth, creamy and neutral. Finish is where some amazing malt and brown sugar and caramel creeps up on you along with a very slight hoppiness. Finish is long and this is where some previously unnoticed toasted grains appear in the flavor palate.

Mouthfeel: 4.0: Carbonation level is perfect for this type of beer and really enhances the tasting experience.

Overall 3.50: Very nice taste and drinking experience with this beer. However, the experience was tempered somewhat with the hop I do not like (wish I could find out what it is!). Regardless, this beer is entirely sessionable and thoroughly enjoyable. It may be a bit sweet for some, but I would recommend you try this brew if you can find it. (1,119 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank this out of a Sam Adams pint glass. This beer starts off with a cloudy hazy brownish body topped off with a thin tannish head.



The nose is picking up a lot of roasted malt mingling in with milk chocolate and a hint of caramel. Very sweet and inviting.



The flavor seems to be well balanced with a liberal amount of hops (that my nose failed to pick up on) matched with a malty sweetness that ends with a dry coco flavor.



The mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat oily, with low carbonation--as it should.



I like this brew a lot. Overall, I know this is far to high on the ABV scale to be considered a session beer, but I could drink this all night. (662 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Light brown, with a little bit of clarity. 1 finger of head, and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Roasted grains and chocolate. Sweet.

T - The taste is sweet, with some chocolate notes. Coffee, roasted goodness

M - Light bodied, well carbonated.

O - A pretty nice drinking experience. I think this one will grow on you over time. Looking forward to more from this local brewery (Atlanta) (403 characters)

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a growler into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly translucent brown with a slight hint of copper. It has a tight carbonation with a 1.5 finger head when poured that reduces very quickly to a light lacing.

S: There are slight roasted over-tones, slight with a little bit of hops though overall no strong characteristic comes through.

T: I will say upfront that when I see a brown and smell roasted malts I expect a little bit of a caramel like taste with a hint of chocolate roasted goodness. Not so much here. The front of the palate picks up the hops and they are very fresh, almost as piney as a dry hopped beer with some alcohol over tones. You have to fight this beer to get to the sweetness you expect. I will say that if you can let it warm a little the "brown ale" attributes begin to emerge.

M: Here again it doesn't have the feel you would fully expect form the style. There is a bright carbonation that lends to the bright taste.

O: I have to say I like Red Hare beers. I have been to the brewery and know they know their beers. Whether it was just this batch or the stuffy nose and allergy season I am suffering through, this beer did not live up to the style for me. I find myself taking one more swig hoping for the taste to change. (1,259 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one during my buddy’s bachelor party! Tick all day, every day! Served from tap into a Samuel Adams sampler shaker. Poured a deep red brown with a one finger slight tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, nutty, caramel, caramel hop, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, nutty, caramel, milk chocolate, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. With that said, it has to be known that the bartender called this one ‘Watershit’. Based on the flavor I can see why… Not that it wasn’t complex or anything, but more along the lines that everything in this brew clashed with everything else so badly that it was hard to drink. The aroma wasn’t terrible so it was a little off-putting upon taking my first sip. I wasn’t able to finish my sampler if that gives you any idea.. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at TAP in Midtown Atlanta.

Served in a shaker, the beer is brown with red highlights and a massive beige head.

The beer has an aroma of toffee and lightly roasted grains.

The taste is sweet with some backend bitterness. The 7.2% is well hidden until late. Here is toffee, caramel, plums and wheat crackers. It is warming late.

The mouth is slick with low carbonation.

I liked this one and it went great with food. Not a session beer, but an enjoyable one. (480 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a beautiful, barely transparent chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves exceptionally generous lacing. Chocolaty, malty aroma has a hint of caramel and is slightly sweet - and very appealing. Rich, very pleasing flavor has malty and chocolaty tones with hints of caramel and wood. Texture has good body and plenty of fizz. I have spent months trying to catch this one, and it was well worth the hunt. (444 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice creamy head really nice for a brown. Not a lot on the nose nothing offensive just nothing of note. Taste is great roasty slightly hoppy very plesant. Mouthfeel is creamy goes down really easy. Best beer ive had so far from this new GA brewer (272 characters)

Photo of beeritswhatsfordinner
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can barely comprehend all the schmancy words and terms used to describe beer, so I won't try.

I first tried this on tap at Taco Mac in Johns Creek, GA while working on my Brewinversity Masters degree along with swimming Hot Wings, so I can't say I tasted much of it the first time, except to give it the thumbs up. I liked it.

Then I picked up a growler of it at Crafty Draught in Cumming. I'm not sure why I liked it so much, but this beer is excellent. I favor amber ales, chocolate stouts, and lagers. So this was somehow right up my alley. It was not overly complicated in flavor or particularly outstanding in any one aspect, but it just works. One frothy glass tasted just as great as the next and the growler was empty in short order. I've tried several brown ales before but they always seem sort of boring.

I will certainly seek this one out whenever I can get it. Glad to know there is yet another great craft brewer in the greater Atlanta area. (960 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Growler. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear reddish brown with a one finger tan head that leaves a few spots of temporary lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is coffee, nutty and bready with citrus and floral hops. Some cherries? Kinda weird. Mild strength.

Flavor has some nutty, bready malt with a bit of caramel and chocolate, quite a bit of hops for a Brown, dunno if it fits really well. Also some Cherry Coke & Root Beer. Kinda weird.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Not really blown away by this one...come across sort of odd for a Brown Ale...too hoppy for the style and the hops they use don’t fit well. An oddball. (654 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia. The Taco Mac menu denotes an ABV% of 7.2.

Appearance: Served up a clear, fairly bright mahogany body with a slim, ivory-hued head. Looks like an amber ale. Taco Mac staff has been known to goof now and again, though, a quick double-check was made to confirm that this was, indeed, the Watership "Brown".

Smell: Not too terribly aromatic here, only offering up a thin sniff of vaguely sweetish malts. Rabbits and even the aromas of rabbit book-inspired beers scare easily, I suppose.

Taste: Scantly bready maltiness with a mealy grainy quality to it. Crystal malt sweetness and incorporated fruitiness along with the low estery quality of the yeast. Subtle hop character, lightly bitter. Some alcohol warmth creeping in, overshadowing the malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: From even the first glance of the waitress walking this one over to me, it just seems more akin to an amber, really. And one with a bit more alcohol than needed at that. (1,035 characters)

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Watership Brown from Red Hare Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.